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  • 31 Aug 2022 11:37 AM | Anonymous member

    -On Wednesday, September 14 at 7PM the Tate House Museum presents the third in its series of outdoor lectures on the lawn of the museum.

    Nathan Lipfert, Curator Emeritus of the Maine Maritime Museum, will offer an illustrated

    talk about the history of Maine shipyards, and the shipbuilders and vessels they built,

    concentrating on the 200 years since statehood. During the wooden shipbuilding era,

    Maine shipyards built more ships than any other state, and every coastal community

    participated in this industry. Maine continues as an important shipbuilding region into

    the present, providing well-paid skilled employment to thousands of people who build

    vessels of wood, metal, and composite materials that have an impact around the world.

    Lipfert’s presentation will be based on research from his recently published book, Two

    Centuries of Maine Shipbuilding: A Visual History. (book will be available for sale)

    For Advance Tickets visit or Tickets are $12 General Admission, $10 Tate House Museum members. Tickets At the Door $15 General Admission, $12 Tate House Museum members.

    Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Note: Rain date will be Thursday Sept 15 (same time).

    Please check our website if weather predicts rain. Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase.

    FMI: Holly Hurd


    Tate House Museum

    1267 Westbrook Street

    Portland, ME 04102

  • 14 Aug 2022 8:20 PM | Anonymous member

    The Wabanaki Voices Speaker Series, sponsored by Skowhegan History House Museum & Research Center, continues with a talk by Ashley Smith on Thursday August 25th from 7pm to 8pm.  Ashley's talk is entitled, “Stories of Nanrantsouak/Norridgewock Village: Understanding the Legacies of our Shared Histories of Violence.”

    This event is free and takes place at Tewksbury Hall on Weston Avenue in Skowhegan and will also be broadcast via Zoom. Masks are required for in-person attendance.

    To register for the Zoom link, visit

    FMI: (207) 474-6632.

    Ashley Smith was born and raised in Madison, Maine where some members of her family have been for multiple generations. She is a child of factory and papermill workers in the heart of this region of Maine. She also understands herself to be a product of the deep histories of Indigenous and non-Indigenous relationships and struggles that have shaped this region. As a child, her grandfather regularly took her to gather water at the site of the Wabanaki village Nanrantsouak or Norridgewock, known locally as “the Pines” in Madison. She grew up hearing stories of this place and the horrible violence that the English had brought to Wabanaki people here. For a high school project, she decided to research the history of this place and learned, to her surprise, that much of what she found in published books contradicted what she had grown up knowing and what her family had taught her about this place. Since then, she has spent much of her adult life learning about this place and its stories and memories from multiple perspectives, both book research and interviews with Indigenous descendants and non-Indigenous locals. She tries to understand how competing narratives like the ones she faced come about, how they impact people into the present, and what we might do about it. She holds a PhD in Anthropology and Native American and Indigenous Studies and is affiliated faculty at Hampshire College in Massachusetts where she used to teach. She recently left academia to return home and serve the Maine communities that mean so much to her. She now works as a legal aid paralegal and consumer advocate at Pine Tree Legal Assistance.

  • 13 Jul 2022 8:40 PM | Anonymous member

    The Skowhegan History House Museum is pleased to announce that Dwayne Tomah, Director and Curator of the Sipayik Museum, is the next speaker in the Wabanaki Voices Speaker Series. On Thursday July 21 at 7 pm, Tomah will lead a discussion after showing the 1-hour film: “The Doctrine of Discovery–Unmasking the Domination”. The Doctrine of Discovery refers to a principle in public international law under which, when a nation “discovers” land, it directly acquires rights on that land. The Doctrine provided the basis for subsequent laws depriving indigenous peoples of their lands.

    Tomah has been involved in repatriation and Land Back issues and will share historical truth regarding The Doctrine of Discovery from an Indigenous perspective. He is a Language Keeper and teacher of the Passamaquoddy language and culture. He is the youngest fluent speaker of the Passamaquoddy Tribe and has served on the Tribal Council.

    He has also worked with Animal Planet on a segment called Winged Creatures, highlighting the history of the Thunderbird.

    His life has been dedicated to working on the language and culture preservation. He has edited the Passamaquoddy dictionary and worked to help create the Apple ~ Passamaquoddy Language App. He shares Native legends through song and dance.

    Dwayne is currently working with the Library of Congress on translating the Passamaquoddy Wax Cylinders. These recordings are the first recordings in the world of Native languages. They were recorded in 1890 by Jesse Walter Fewkes, who borrowed the device from the inventor Thomas Edison. 

    This event is FREE and takes place at Tewskbury Hall on Weston Avenue in Skowhegan and will also be broadcast via Zoom.  Masks are required for in-person attendance.

    To register for the Zoom link, visit

    FMI:  (207) 474-6632.

  • 05 Jul 2022 12:07 PM | Anonymous member

    As a new member to the MAM, I'm excited to help bring the BitCurator Forum to Maine -- Virtually! Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about Digital Forensics, digital appraisal of digital archives and records using digital forensics techniques, or the BitCurator Consortium. I am a past-President and past-Executive Committee member for the BCC.  - Kari Smith, Global Archivist LLC

    Mark the week of March 28-30 for the 2023 BitCurator Forum! This year will feature virtual panels, workshops, lightning talks, “Great Questions!,” Birds of a Feather sessions, and sponsor office hours.  We will also be experimenting with regional hybrid programming. Stay tuned for more information!

    Expect to see the Call For Proposals in late August. Exact dates of the Forum will be announced at that time.

    About the Forum

    The BitCurator Forum brings together representatives of all levels of experience from libraries, archives, museums, and related professions engaged in (or considering) digital archives work. 

    The Forum will balance discussion of theory and practice of digital forensics, curation, and related digital analysis workflows. There will also be hands-on activities with the BitCurator environment,  and other useful tools.

    You do not need to be a BCC member or user to submit a proposal and/or attend the event. The BCC is committed to fostering an open, inclusive and safe environment. See the Code of Conduct on the Forum website.

    #BitCuratorForum #HybridExperiment

  • 30 Jun 2022 11:55 AM | Anonymous member

    The Skowhegan History House Museum & Research Center continues its Wabanaki Voices Speaker Series with Natalie Michelle, member of the Panawapskwei (Penobscot) Nation, on Thursday, July 7, at 7pm at Tewksbury Hall - located on Weston Avenue behind the Federated Church on the island in Skowhegan - and will also be broadcast via Zoom. She will present, "The Impacts of Earth Changes on Turtle Island; The Wabanaki”. Her lecture will review the historical and climate impact on cultural customs and practices of indigenous interrelationship and interdependency linking Native lifeways within the ecology.

    The discussion will encompass the cultural paradigms of environmental relationship, stewardship, lifeways, holism, spiritual connections, kinship ties and oral histories. Traditional economic systems of food acquisition including the cultural practices for utilitarian procurement of culturally important species remain fundamental in the recovery, language preservation that encompasses the transmission and mobilization of traditional ecological knowledge important to adaptation in environmental changes. Multifaceted mechanisms Impacting Socio-ecological Resiliency of the Wabanaki will be presented including the identification of major Climate Change indicators of the Wabanaki and what it means for Wabanaki cultural survival.

    Natalie Michelle's diverse background includes Nursing and BS in Human Nutrition and an MA in Public Administration, Pi Alpha Alpha with a concentration in Environmental Management and Sustainability. She is a PHD in Interdisciplinary Studies in Ethnobotanical Studies at the University of Maine at Orono. Her interests are in areas of Climate Change Impacts on Cultural Practices, Food Sovereignty, Indigenous Research Methodology, and TEK and Language as an Adaptive Strategy.

    Masks are required for in-person attendance.

    To register for the Zoom link, visit

    FMI:  (207) 474-6632.

  • 29 Jun 2022 5:23 PM | Anonymous member

     its inception in 2010, Pretty Girls Sing Soprano has quickly turned heads and gained a

    loyal following. Ingrid Ayer-Richardson (guitar), Susan Mathews, and Deana Gurney (keyboard,

    percussion) come together with tight, original vocal harmonies to share their love for acoustic

    and acapella music. The Pretty Girls will sing to your soul and leave you with a smile as they perform a variety of songs from folk, country, bluegrass and rock.

    On Friday, July 15, from 6 to 8PM the Tate House Museum is offering a free concert of these ladies on it’s beautiful back lawn overlooking the Stroudwater River, 1270 Westbrook St Portland. Snacks will be available for purchase and all are welcome. This is an enjoyable event for families and children. Bring your own chairs or blankets and sit and relax for a fun filled evening.

    This event is sponsored by Desert of Maine, Stroudwater Neighborhood Association and the Tate House. A rain date of Saturday, July 17th is planned if needed.

    FMI: Holly Hurd

    1267 Westbrook Street

    Portland ME 04102


  • 20 Jun 2022 11:13 AM | Anonymous member

    After 4 years of planning Count Me In a play about Henry Knox, his role in the Revolution and his life in Thomaston, Me 1794-1806

    Join the fun.

  • 20 Jun 2022 11:11 AM | Anonymous member

    If you scroll through Pinterest or Instagram, you might presume that women make 2022 home design choices. It may be true today, but it was not true in the post-Revolutionary War era. Women had little input, if any, when prominent historic homes rose in the new country. The founding fathers built and created interiors to reflect their personal interests and status in the world.

    Noted Architectural Designer and Design Historian, Annie Coggan will share how Montpelier, Mount Vernon, Monticello, were designed, and furnished. Some like, Henry, Franklin and Washington were quite persnickety. Each had his own influences and added his own flair. In person, July 7, 2022. 5:30pm Donations welcomed. 207-354-8062

  • 10 Jun 2022 1:56 PM | Anonymous member

    The Skowhegan History House Museum & Research Center continues its Wabanaki Voices Speaker Series with Maria Girouard of Penobscot Nation on Thursday, June 23, at 7pm at Tewksbury Hall - located behind the Federated Church on the island in Skowhegan.  She will present, "The Original Meaning and Intent of the Maine Indian Land Claims”. Masks are required for in-person attendance.

    For those who prefer to attend by Zoom, register at

    Maria Girouard of Penobscot Nation is an historian with a particular expertise in the Maine Indian Land Claims. She earned a master’s degree in history from the University of Maine in part from her thesis entitled: The Original Meaning and Intent of the Maine Indian Land Claims: Penobscot Perspectives. Maria is a long standing community organizer, environmental steward, and educator. She speaks extensively on topics such as the Maine Indian Land Claims, Penobscot cultural connections to Katahdin, history of the Penobscot River, and food justice.  She is a co-founder of the Sunlight Media Collective and of The Peoples' Garden, a community garden located on Indian Island. Maria currently serves as the executive director of Wabanaki REACH, a non-profit organization dedicated to truth, healing, and change. 

    FMI: contact Skowhegan History House at (207) 474-6632

  • 09 Jun 2022 1:11 PM | Anonymous member

    Colonial Herb Garden Tea Tasting at the 18th century reproduction  Tate House Garden

    1270 Westbrook Street, Portland, ME 

    June 23 @ 6:00 pm    Rain date June 26 @ 3:00 pm

    Colleen Griffin, resident of Stroudwater Neighborhood, will offer a program focused on how European colonists used the herb garden for culinary and medicinal purposes.  Her talk will also include information about how the Wabanaki people used particular plants such as the needles of white pine trees to benefit health.

    The presentation will be followed by a tasting of three natural and herb teas: white pine tea, lemon balm-lavender tea, and dandelion root tea, supplemented with fresh herbed butter cookies. Participants are encouraged to bring along a teacup for the tasting (BYOTC).

    Presenter Colleen Griffin has a degree in horticulture and a passion for herbal medicine. She has taken several courses in growing, drying, and preparing medicinal herbs, and is a registered horticultural therapist practicing in Southern Maine.  She is currently an independent contractor working with the Dempsey Center for Quality Cancer Care and is a volunteer for the University of Maine’s Master Gardener program.  She formerly worked with the Bonny Eagle School district running a greenhouse program for special needs students in grades 6-12. 

    Cost is $15 for the general public and $12 for Tate House Museum members. Advance ticket purchase is required and can be obtained by visiting

    The program is limited to 25 people and tickets will not be sold at the door.


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